Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, March 13

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Nautical tour providers of the cooperative "Adolfo Lopez Mateos" say that even when the weather is very good, they are operating at 60 percent. LINK 

Residents in the colonias request increased mosquito-control actions, particularly those near lagoons and lakes such as Salina Grande, la Gloria, Canotal, and Miraflores.  LINK  

A meeting will be held among the 16 fishing cooperatives of the Federation of Fishing Cooperatives of Quintana Roo to inform members about the new rules for accessing federal assistance programs.

Public works that have been completed at the "Benito Juarez" middle school will be officially 'delivered' Wednesday, March 13, which involved the investment of 2.3 million pesos from the Institute of Physical, Educational Infrastructure of the State of Quintana Roo (IFEQROO). The work involved installation of a new transformer, rehabilitating the electrical network for the classrooms and corridors, and building a new perimeter fence for the campus. LINK  

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Videos of the Town Square with many chairs, the local priest, and the procession with an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe

Municipal government invites islanders to Visual Health Fair March 11-14, when free eye exams will be available at the CAVI (Victims Assistance Center) 9a-4p. Glasses will be available for 200 pesos and special discounts will be available for senior citizens and those with disabilities. (Article & Photos)

On Monday, bicycle-traveler Filipe Besne Navarro was welcomed by officials. The sixty year-old "Cicloviajero" promotes bicycling as a lifestyle and has traveled 25,000 kilometers from Patagonia Argentina to his home in Moreno Jalisco in 581 days. (Photo and article)

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Golf cart tipped over in accident and tourists were injured VIDEO  

IM Noticias   

La Tertulia

Isla Mujeres student Emiliano Cabrera Juan, who attends the afternoon shift of the primary school"Julio Sauri Espinosa", was selected to represent the island in the 9th Children's Congress competition, which was held in Cancun, with his presentation on the theme "Democracy and Fighting Corruption".  VIDEO and caption.

VIDEO of hundreds of Catholics, from the mainland and from the island, who had a procession with an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe which was brought over on the car ferry. The procession on Rueda Medina lasted half an hour and ended on the Town Square in front of the church. They are celebrating 50 years of the prelature Cancun-Chetumal, and the major celebrations are planned for 2020.


 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos

Isla Mujeres news briefs
Breves de Isla Mujeres   

Islanders are paying 432 pesos for a 20 kg tank of propane and 648 pesos for 30 kg, while Cancun residents are charged nine and thirteen pesos less, at 423 and 635 pesos. This is in spite of the fact that it was announced that island authorities had signed an agreement with Z Gas to make propane cheaper for island residents. Some restaurants, including cocina economicas and loncherias are considering raising their prices to compensate for these high costs.

There are concerns that some unsightly ads are presenting a bad image of the island, in particular those near the Palace hotel at the entrance to Sac Bajo.

Phasing out the SINTRA agency in Isla Mujeres  

Planean desaparecer la delegación de Sintra

  This is the agency that has overseen golf cart rentals and taxis in the past, and these responsibilities have been taken over by the Mobility Institute. The SINTRA director has been relocated and an announcement hasn't yet been made regarding the offices in Isla Mujeres, but there is speculation that they will be taken over by the Mobility Institute, since SINTRA staff in Isla Mujeres are being incorporated into offices in other locations.

Could be a shortage of fresh fish during Lent  

Podría haber escasez de productos de escama

  At the moment, the fishing cooperatives are able to supply the local restaurants and residents sufficiently, but it is anticipated that shortages could occur during the Easter holidays. Currently, the fishermen area unable to use longlines because of the grouper ban, and without use of this gear, sometimes they don't make enough to pay for the gas they used. There have also been port closures for small boats, which is common at this time of year. At the end of March, they will be able to resume fishing for grouper, which are most in demand, and they hope the weather will be good, especially during the Easter vacation period.

Failure to maintain concessions could result in loss  

Podrían perder sus concesiones

   Those who hold concessions in the Federal Zone could lose their rights if the properties continue to be dirty and neglected, which causes pollution and a bad image for tourism. It is noted that this is a problem at many of the concessions along the Makax lagoon, along the road to Garrafon and the road in Sac Bajo.
    The head of the ZOFEMAT agency conducted a tour and talks with concession holders nearly a month ago, and the Makax lagoon looks better. However, there are still concessionaires whose property is full of trash, although they have been advised that this could be cause for removal of their right to the concession.


Isla Mujeres receives veteran Mexican cyclist  

Recibe IM a veterano ciclista mexicano

"Tuzos" of Isla Mujeres leading in regional tournament  

Tuzos de Isla Mujeres lidera torneo regional

 The Isla Mujeres women's soccer team the "Tuzos" are leading the competition in their league which includes teams from the northern area of the state. This is their second year of competition and last year they finished in third place. This season, they have won four out of four games and are seeking to qualify for the championship. They are competing in the female youth category of the “Súper Liga Quintana Roo” soccer league.
  Although the time hasn't been set, they will play on Sunday at the field in Salina Chica against members of the Club Pachuca team.
   The Tuzos Club has begun registering members for the children's team category 4-7 years old, and the children who have registered have begun training.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

Municipal police recovered a bicycle that had been reported stolen.

The City held a workshop in commemoration of International Women's Day to promote empowerment of women and to ensure they understand their rights and importance within the community.

Spiritual celebration  

Inició la fiesta espiritual

Most of this information has already been translated. This article notes that the participants included a dozen priests, the bishop of the Cancun-Chetumal prelate, and Catholics from all over the state, as well as islanders. The image arrived at 5p, was at the Town Square 30 minutes later and only disrupted main street traffic for about 15 minutes, and traffic entering downtown was diverted to Juarez Avenue. It is noted that at this hour there are fewer tourists in golf carts.
       About 400 Catholics accompanied it on the boat and were joined by hundreds from the island for the event, which included a Mass at 5:40p, and the priests taking confessions. Chairs were set up on the Town Square, and the event was expected to continue on into the night.
   The Bishop encouraged the parishioners to pray, to use their cell  phones to read the Word before they go to bed, the conduct self-examination for errors and correct them, to have a good Lenten practice.

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

March 20   6:51
March 21   7:54
March 22    8:55
March 23   9:55
 March 24   10:53
March 25   11:50
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:50-7
Sunrise ~7:05-6:40
March Events 
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturday mornings 8-11,  meetup locations at this LINK . Volunteers welcome!  Here's the Accion Isla LINK

The Little Yellow School House is serving tasty lunch specials that change weekly on Wednesdays 11:30-1p, located on Paseo de Peces in La Gloria, the wide east-west street with Mundaca, Catholic Church & University and the Bead Coop. LYSH provides education & therapy for Isla's special needs kids. Memorable, fun experience, tasty affordable food & a good cause. More info: LINK 

Saturday, March 2 at 8p and Sunday, March 3 at noon at the Convention Center: Basketball Playoffs

  On the first Monday of each month, there is usually a civic ceremony in the morning, often on the Town Square. 

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching Lobster, Grouper and Octopus in March. Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available, along with frozen tails.  LINK 

Carnaval Schedule
Friday, March 1st Noche de Gala/Gala Night
Coronation of the Kings & Queens in all categories
Presentation of dance troupes
Dance to live music byYerbabuena
Town Square 8:30p

Saturday, March 2 Noche Cubana/Cuban Night
Presentation of dance troupes
Dance to live music by Grupo Junior Klan
Town Square 8:30p

Sunday, March 3 Carnaval Parade-Fantasy
Contest of Decorated Floats/Carts
Procession is on Rueda Medina from the Naval base to the Fishermen's Monument at the Traffic Circle
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Afternoon of Fantasy
Bouncy houses, Children's Costume contest, dance troupe performances and show for kids
Town Square 5p

Night of Fantasy
Presentation of the Queen of Diversity, Performances by dance troupes, Performance by Silvanna Show
Town Square 8:30p

 The parades are Sunday & Monday at 3p from the Naval Base to the Monument to the Fishermen, so Rueda Medina will be closed. Although the map doesn't show it, traffic is usually detoured down Juarez & the section of Hidalgo that is south of the Square (which usually affects where parking is allowed on Juarez, temporarily.)
It says...Due to celebrations for Carnaval 2019 in Isla Mujeres, March 1-5, there will partial, temporary road closures for the performances of the dance troupes.
On March 3 & 4, Rueda Medina will be closed during the parade. Please plan ahead, and thank you for your understanding

Monday, March 4-Carnaval Parade-Regional & Comedy
Contest of Decorated Floats/Carts
Procession is on Rueda Medina from the Naval Base to the Fishermen's Monument at the traffic circle.
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Comedy & Regional Night
Costume Contest for Adults
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Comedy by Macta
Town Square 8:30p

Tuesday, March 5-Fat Tuesday
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Tuesday Night of Carnaval (Fat Tuesday)
Presentation of Dance Troupes, The Will & Burning of Juan Carnaval
Dance to live music by Caribbean Kings
Town Square 8:30p

On or around March 4th, there is usually a ceremony commemorating the arrival of Francisco Hernandez Cordoba in 1517, who is credited with discovering the Yucatan and what is now Mexico, after landing on Isla Mujeres. The expedition of 110 men and 3 boats sailed from Cuba and and sailed around the coast, battling with the Maya, until all but one were injured, and over 50 had died.

Thursday, March 7 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo  

Friday, March 8 International Women's Day. These are the women of LYSH, providing education & therapy for Isla's special needs kids.

Saturday, March 9 Downtown at 8p on the court by the Town Square

Saturday, March 9 Casa de la Cultura at 8p, jazz-funk-rock fusion band Sr. Mandril. Free. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sunday, March 10 Pescador baseball field 1p Cocteleros vs Cancun Rockies 20p 

Thursday, March 14 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo  

Sunday, March 17 St. Patrick's Day   

Monday, March 18  is a day off for the birthday of Benito Juarez, which is on March 21st.

Tuesday, March 19 is Dia de San Jose which may be celebrated with a dance on the Town Square

 Wednesday, March 20 is Spring Equinox

Thursday, March 21 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo   

Saturday, March 23 The Quintana Roo Tigres will play the Campeche Piratas at the El Pescador baseball field oat 1p. This is a preseason game & the field is in front of Chedraui.

Thursday, March 28 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo  

Saturday, March 30 Sonora Dinamita 9p Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui. Tickets on sale. 

Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres  

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